Once you carefully plant the seeds and see the green buds growing out of the ground, you will soon begin to crave flowers and fresh agricultural products. For many new gardeners, the biggest question in the long process of waiting for flowers or harvest is "How often should I water the garden?" Savana will give you the best tips for watering your plants in this article.
The need to water the garden varies depending on the soil, local climate and daily weather. Ideally, Mother Nature would water it with light rain. In fact, you may need to help. You also need to be aware of signs of over watering plants.
How Often Should I Water the Garden?
Gardens planted underground require about an inch of water a week. This will provide you with a good benchmark for weekly watering. Giving them a shallow watering every night or every other night is not as healthy as thoroughly watering them every week, which will promote their roots to grow deeper rather than shallower. Longer roots can better immobilize plants and allow them to absorb more water and nutrients below the surface.
If you need to confirm the watering situation, you can use a rain gauge to measure the water supply of the garden. You can also put your finger or shovel into the ground to see if the water is 4 to 6 inches deep.
How Often Should I Water the Container Garden?
Because container gardens are smaller, they dry faster than full garden beds. During heat waves, they may need to be watered daily, depending on how dry the soil is. Choose potted soil containing coconut shells or other organic components to help maintain water and prevent rapid evaporation of water.
It is also important to ensure that your flowerpot has a good drain hole that is not blocked to prevent your plants from drowning after heavy rains in summer.
If you have a small garden, you can also try automatic watering containers.
What Time of the Day Should I Water the Garden?
The best time of day is in the morning - usually before 10 a.m. - before the sun shines completely. The cooler morning temperatures ensure that water seeps into the soil, rather than evaporating at night after the ground absorbs the heat of the day. The warm air during the day will also blow dry any wetted leaves, vegetables or fruits. Moisture can cause mold or mildew. The second best watering time is in the evening.
What Should I Use for Watering?
If you prefer to use a watering can, please look for one that is convenient to carry and has a long spout. You can spray it directly to the root of the plant. If it can be avoided, do not water it from above.
A watering stick connected to a hose makes it easier to water multiple containers and gardens. They can also easily extend to suspended plants, deep into the garden, and under the leaves and agricultural products of plants.
When using spray bars with different settings, choose a gentle shower to soak the soil, and do not splash water on leaves and other plants, otherwise it will spread soil borne diseases or fungi. Keep the high power jet setting to remove pollen from cars or dirt from boots.
To avoid the trouble caused by hose kinking, look for coiled hoses or set permeable hoses with timers to reduce the trouble and may not require manual watering. Soaking hoses can meander through your garden to maintain a gentle flow of water near the roots of the plants.
What Are the Signs of Overwatering and Underwatering?
You may see your plants wither during the midday heat, but they should recover when they cool during the day. If not, check the soil. If the first or second knuckle feels dry, you may need to water it again if the weather is dry and hot.
Too much watering will also cause withering, because the root will be flooded. Feel the soil and see if it is wet or not. If the leaves begin to turn yellow or blisters or spots appear on the leaves, stop watering and let the overwatered plants recover. If the plant has fruit, such as the Virgin, it may crack due to excessive water.
How Can I Prevent Overwatering?
If you are still struggling about how often you should water your garden and feel that you are watering too much or too much, an electronic soil moisture meter can help. These inexpensive tools use tips that can test water, soil pH, and even sunlight to help you solve the problem of poor plant growth.
How Can I Conserve Water?
If you live in an arid area of the country and need to conserve resources or limit water use, it may be difficult to ensure that your plants get enough water. To help conserve water, make sure that your garden has enough compost or organic matter in the soil so that it can drain well and keep moisture between watering days. You can also add a layer of mulch around the plant to help prevent water from evaporating.
A healthy and rich garden begins with a proper amount of water. Keep checking your garden and potted plants throughout the season to make sure they get enough but not much water.